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Early Childhood Systems Specialist I


Recruitment #22-005055-0021


The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland.


State of MD Salary Grade 21
$71,142.00 - $92,785/year (with progression to $114,441.00)


200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore MD

Main Purpose of Job

The position provides technical assistance and program support to the Program Manager I (Credentialing Branch) within the Office of Child Care (OCC), Division of Early Childhood (DEC) in the areas of birth to 8 early childhood systems and initiatives; meeting the needs of vulnerable populations; early childhood workforce development initiatives and grants management. Also consults with other branches and offices within the division, other MSDE divisions, and public and private organizations regarding birth to 8 coordinated services, and other activities. This includes but is not limited to grant and project management for the Child Care Development Block Grant. This position oversee and manage grants and a statewide comprehensive early childhood workforce career pathway project. This position will develop strategies and procedures to ensure compliance with program specifications and fiscal requirements. Additionally, this position will provide training, technical assistance, and services as needed for a successful grant, contract, and program implementation. Vulnerable populations include but are not limited to, children who are from low-income families or otherwise in need of special assistance and support; have disabilities or developmental delays; are English learners; and who are migrants, homeless, or in foster care. This position may require traveling to the local child care resource and referral centers throughout the state


  • Provides guidance  and serve as grants content expert for case management, monitoring, and evaluation of the various requirements and projects from the Child Care Development Block Grant, including workforce development initiative, the Maryland Child Care Career Pathway program contract as well as other assigned grants/contracts, including: reconciling the budget and the proposal for invoicing; monitoring grants and contracts to ensure compliance with program specifications, fiscal/spending requirements, and Minority Business Enterprise requirements; evaluating progress in achieving project goals and objectives; providing technical assistance to grantees and contractors to assist in meeting specification goals and objectives;  preparing narrative and statistical reports for interim and closeout of program activities and processing special requests for updates, modifications, and/or data that summarize progress towards goals and qualitative and quantitative outcomes; participates in the monitoring of other grants/contracts, as assigned.  
  •  Research, analyze and make recommendations on administrative, management and procedural practices; write logical, comprehensive, concise reports and correspondence.  Regularly handle confidential or sensitive information and exercise discretion concerning its disposition.  Review and develop monitoring policies and programs, including the various requirements and birth through eight projects from the Child Care Development Block Grant, including Maryland Child Care Career Pathway program as well as other assigned grants/contracts. Provide technical assistance/consultation to grantees and early childhood programs; consult with other public and private organizations regarding program monitoring and accounting policies. Collaborate and evaluate best practices and strategies within the birth-8; monitor programmatic and fiscal progress of grantees in accordance with state approved procurement policies and procedures; and conduct on-site visits of programs and apply related federal laws, state laws. Provide technical assistance/consultation to grantees and early childhood programs; consult with other public and private organizations regarding program monitoring and accounting policies


EDUCATION: A Master’s Degree or higher in Early Childhood Education, Education Administration, Project Management, Public Administration, Business Administration, or other related field.
EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of senior level management and leadership experience in Early Childhood program management, grant and fiscal management or a related field.  
NOTE: Two additional years of experience as defined may substitute for the Master’s Degree.


Applicants must meet the selective qualification(s) to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications
1 year of Fiscal Grant Management experience 


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications. 
  •  Accounting Experience  
  •  Knowledge of Federal and State Grant Regulations  
  •  Policy Writing experience  
  •  Grant writing experience 


Applicants are subject to a criminal background investigation in accordance with the federal Family Law Article, Section 5.  Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 06.01.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs. Person appointed to position in this classification will be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle including a car, five-passenger van, and a 12-passenger van. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland, and their driving records will be subject to investigation.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year. The selected candidate will be subject to a criminal history background check as the final step in the selection process. Please do not put "See Resume" in the job duties section of your application and or supplemental questionnaire.  Your application will be considered incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only solicited materials will be accepted for this recruitment


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If the
applicant is unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and be faxed to 410-333-8950 or mailed to MSDE Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application, if you are unable to apply online.

All application materials must be received in our office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume. Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application, submitted to the fax number, or mailed to the address listed.

Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0013,, TDD 410-333-3045. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities.

If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay.

Proof of eligibility to work is required in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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